The Glamour Boys are enjoying an 11-match unbeaten run in the league, with Mayo heaping praise on coach Steve Komphela’s consistent selections in defence as one of the key aspects in contributing to their good form.
“The defence especially is really doing well,” he told the Chiefs website. “I am also happy that coach Steve Komphela doesn’t change too much defensively. That way it’s easy to create good partnerships and understanding between the defenders.”
The last match the Soweto giants lost in the league, however, was against Saturday’s opponents Chippa – a 3-1 loss at the start of December.
And Mayo knows the Chilli Boys have a habit of turning up against Chiefs.
“Chippa have not been consistent this season,” the 43-year-old said.“For example, they recently beat Polokwane City in the Nedbank Cup, before drawing to them in a league clash a few days later. However, they have a tendency to do well against the so-called big teams.
“They have this habit of rising to the occasion. I am not sure if they like or hate Chiefs, but the team must be aware it won’t be easy on Saturday.”
Mayo says he’s been impressed so far this season by central defender Lorenzo Gordinho, before sharing his thoughts on trio Gustavo Páez, Joseph Molangoane and George Lebese.
“Gordinho improves with each and every game,” he said. “He has been very consistent, which is great to see.
“The new striker has been very, very good. I would like to see Gustavo getting a chance to start now that Bernard Parker is suspended for the Chippa game. Joseph has really impressed me. He’s on top of his game. I do miss Lebese, however. He always delivers when getting a run. George remains one of my favourite Chiefs players.”
Mayo, who made almost a century of appearances in the gold and black, added a last word of advice to the current crop in their title charge.
“There are seven league matches left,” he said. “The players must approach every game as a cup final.”
Victory over Chippa will see third-placed Chiefs jump temporarily to joint-top of the standings with Cape Town City. Kick-off at FNB Stadium is set for 6pm.